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Disney Revealed Dozens of New Projects Today - Full Recap of Every Exciting Announcement

Disney Revealed Dozens of New Projects Today - Full Recap of Every Exciting Announcement

We’re overwhelmed by the amount of projects that were just announced during the Disney Investor Day event and we’re going to recap everything right here!

The company announced so many brand new projects and confirmed a lot of the ones that have been rumored for months.

Among the highlights were tons of new Star Wars series and two upcoming movies that will be helmed by exciting directors, the release dates of the upcoming Marvel series on Disney+, the announcement of new movies like an Enchanted sequel, the Hocus Pocus sequel, a Cheaper By the Dozen remake, and more.

So many Marvel announcements were also made, including how Black Panther will continue without star Chadwick Boseman. A bunch of star-studded series were revealed too.

Disney also revealed the fan-favorite actor that will voice Buzz Lightyear in a brand new Pixar project.

The announcements also included projects for Disney+, Hulu (like the new Kardashians shows), FX, ESPN, and National Geographic.

Click inside for a full recap of everything announced…

THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT TO START THE DAY

The day kicked off with Disney revealing that roughly 10 Marvel series, 10 Star Wars series, 15 Disney live-action, animation, and Pixar series, plus 15 all-new Disney live action, Disney Animation, and Pixar features will be released directly on Disney+.

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

The upcoming animated movie Raya and the Last Dragon will premiere on Disney+ with Premiere Access on March 5, 2021, the same day it hits theaters.

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DISNEY+ UPDATES

  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers continues the legacy of hockey’s finest fowls. The series picks up where the films left off. Emilio Estevez returns as Gordon Bombay and Lauren Graham is joining the flock.
  • Inspired by the classic film, Turner & Hooch is a buddy comedy starring Josh Peck and his partner, a sweet and slobbery mastiff.
  • Big Shot is a celebration of girl power, set in the world of high school basketball. Starring John Stamos, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jessalyn Gilsig, Big Shot packs in big fun.
  • Another mystery is unfolding… Join Tony Hale and Kristen Schaal in The Mysterious Benedict Society, based on the international best-selling book series.

DISNEY STUDIOS

  • Coming exclusively to Disney+ is Hocus Pocus 2, the spooky sequel to the 1993 Halloween classic! Adam Shankman is set to direct.
  • Get ready for a modern take on the hilarious ’80s comedy Three Men and a Baby starring Zac Efron! This is slated for a 2022 release on Disney+.
  • Safety, an Original Film, premieres tomorrow on Disney+. Inspired by the story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McELrathBey, the film follows a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose dedication helps him triumph over adversities.
  • Just announced: three new Original Movies inspired by the real-life stories of Chris Paul, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Keanon Lowe, coming to Disney+.
  • A cynical young comic book fan and her superpowered squirrel sidekick team up in Flora and Ulysses, an Original Movie streaming February 19 on Disney+.
  • Cheaper by the Dozen, a reimagining of the hit comedy from “Blackish” producer Kenya Barris, will debut on Disney+ in 2022. The story centers on a blended family of 12, navigating a hectic home life and their family business. Gabrielle Union is set to star.
  • The live-action film franchise Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes to Disney+ in 2021 as an all-new animated film!
  • The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild is the next installment in 20th Century Studios’ Ice Age franchise. It stars three favorite characters: prankster possum brothers Crash and Eddie, and swashbuckling weasel Buck voiced by Simon Pegg. Coming to Disney+ in early 2022.
  • Did you hear that? Night at the Museum is coming to Disney+ with a new twist: this time it’s animated! Shawn Levy, director of the film trilogy, is producing. The exhibit opens on Disney+ in 2021.
  • Embark on a thrill-ride down the Amazon in Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehal, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. Jungle Cruise sails into theaters July 2021.
  • A prequel to the live-action The Lion King is in development from Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, and Nicholas Brittell will provide the music.
  • Meet the cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Awkwafina, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Melissa McCarthy & Javier Bardem. Directed by Rob Marshall, featuring music from the animated original & new music by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Chip and Dale are back in a hybrid live-action-animated feature directed by Akiva Schaffer and starring John Mulaney N’ Andy Samberg. Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers, an Original Movie, is coming to Disney+.
  • One of Disney’s all-time classics is coming to #DisneyPlus with the new live-action retelling of Pinocchio, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis.
  • Peter Pan & Wendy will be flying to #DisneyPlus. David Lowery directs an amazing cast including Yara Shahidi in the role of Tinker Bell and Jude Law as Captain Hook.
  • Disenchanted, a sequel to the hit film Enchanted, will stream exclusively on Disney+. Amy Adams returns for more fantastical fun as Giselle!
  • Sister Act 3 is in development! Whoopi Goldberg returns to star and produce, with Tyler Perry as producer as well. Sister Act 3 will premiere on Disney+.

DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS

PIXAR NEWS

CHRIS EVANS AS BUZZ LIGHTYEAR!!!

MARVEL

A BUNCH OF NEW STAR WARS PROJECTS, INCLUDING MOVIES AND SERIES

Set within the timeline of The Mandalorian, this new live-action series from executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will intersect with future stories and culminate into a climactic story event.

After making her long awaited live-action debut in The Mandalorian, Ahsoka Tano’s story, written by Dave Filoni, will continue in a limited series starring Rosario Dawson and executive produced by Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau.

Andor, a tense nail-biting spy thriller created by Tony Gilroy, is set to arrive on Disney+ in 2022. Diego Luna, reprising the role of rebel spy Cassian Andor from Rogue One, will be joined by a fantastic new cast that includes Stellan Skarsgard, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, and Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma. Production kicked off three weeks ago in London.

Officially titled Obi-Wan Kenobi, the series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where he faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. The series is directed by Deborah Chow, who helmed memorable episodes of The Mandalorian Season 1.

This will truly be a day long remembered, as it was confirmed that Hayden Christensen will be returning as Darth Vader. “This will be the rematch of the century,” Kennedy said.

“It was such an incredible journey playing Anakin Skywalker,” said Christensen. “Of course, Anakin and Obi-Wan weren’t on the greatest of terms when we last saw them… It will be interesting to see what an amazing director like Deborah Chow has in store for us all. I’m excited to work with Ewan again. It feels good to be back.”

The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch — a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.

Presenting all-new, creative takes on the galaxy far, far away, Star Wars: Visions will be a series of animated short films celebrating Star Wars through the lens of the world’s best anime creators. The anthology collection will bring 10 fantastic visions from several of the leading Japanese anime studios, offering a fresh and diverse cultural perspective to Star Wars.

Everyone’s favorite scoundrel Lando Calrissian will return in a brand-new event series for Disney+. Justin Simien, creator of the critically-acclaimed Dear White People and a huge Star Wars fan, is developing the story.

Leslye Headland, Emmy Award-nominated creator of the mind-bending series Russian Doll, brings a new Star Wars series to Disney+ with The Acolyte. The Acolyte is a mystery-thriller that will take the audience into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.

As Lucasfilm continues to develop new stories, the intersection of animation and visual effects offers new opportunities to explore. Lucasfilm Animation will be teaming up with Lucasfilm’s visual effects team, Industrial Light & Magic, to develop a special Star Wars adventure for Disney+, A Droid Story. This epic journey will introduce us to a new hero, guided by legendary duo R2-D2 and C-3PO.

A brand-new Star Wars feature with acclaimed filmmaker and Academy Award-winner Taika Waititi is in development. “Taika’s approach to Star Wars will be fresh, unexpected, and…unique,” said Kennedy. “His enormous talent and sense of humor will ensure that audiences are in for an unforgettable ride.”

The next Star Wars feature film will be Rogue Squadron — directed by Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman franchise). The story will introduce a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy.

“It’s been a lifelong dream as a filmmaker to one day make a great fighter pilot film,” said Jenkins. “As the daughter of a great fighter pilot myself, some of the best memories of my life are of seeing my father’s squadron take off in their F4s every morning, and hearing and feeling the awe-inspiring power and grace. When he passed away in service to this country it ignited a burning desire to one day channel all of those emotions into one great film. When the perfect story arrived in combination with another true love of mine, the incomparable world of Star Wars, I knew I’d finally found my next film. I’m extremely honored and excited to take it on, and grateful to Lucasfilm, Disney, and the fans for extending that thrill to me.”

“Patty has established herself as one of the top directors working in the film industry today,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “She’s a visionary who knows how to strike the balance between action and heart, and I can’t wait to see what she does in the Star Wars galaxy.”

Lock S-foils in attack position: Rogue Squadron arrives in theaters Christmas 2023.

MORE BIG PROJECTS FROM LUCASFILM

Willow, coming to Disney+, will be set decades after Ron Howard’s 1988 movie, continuing the spirit of adventure, heroics, and humor of the original film. Warwick Davis will return in the role of the great sorcerer, Willow Ufgood, with Jon Chu (director of the groundbreaking Crazy Rich Asians) directing the pilot. Willow begins shooting next March in Wales and will debut on Disney+ in 2022.

Lucasfilm is currently in pre-production on the next installment of the Indiana Jones franchise. At the helm is James Mangold, director of the Academy Award-winning Ford v Ferrari, and Indy himself, Harrison Ford, will be back to continue his iconic character’s journey. Indy will begin shooting late spring of 2021 and will arrive July 2022.

Finally, the Lucasfilm catalog is expanding further with a story that will introduce a new hero and explore an original world that feels perfectly paired with Lucasfilm storytelling: Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times bestselling novel Children of Blood & Bone. The story will center around a young African girl’s heart-racing quest to restore magic to her forsaken people, the Maji. Lucasfilm will partner with 20th Century Studios on this coming-of-age adventure.

ESPN SHOWS

  • ESPN+ is launching an exclusive new studio show featuring Stephen A Smith.
  • Coming to ESPN+ in 2021, Man in the Arena is a nine-part docu-series built around Tom Brady’s first-hand account of the journey to each of his nine Super Bowls.
  • Peyton’s Places is back – & growing! Produced with NFL Films, Season 2 is available now on ESPN+ & Season 3 is coming Fall 2021. Plus the show is expanding to tell the stories of other sports with series hosted by David Ortia, Abby Wambach, Peyton Manning, Ronda Rousey, and Eli Manning.

UPCOMING HULU SHOWS

  • The new series Only Murders in the Building reunites two comedy icons: Disney Legend Steve Martin and Martin Short, who will be joined by the one and only Selena Gomez! Coming to Hulu and Star.
  • You may have heard the unbelievable tale of Elizabeth Holmes, but never quite like this. The Dropout will tell the story of the con artist, played by Kate McKinnon, that captured the world. Coming to Hulu and Star.
  • Dopesick is a harrowing new drama series inspired by true events. The all-star cast include Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard and Rosario Dawason. Coming to Hulu and Star.
  • Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy star in Nine Perfect Strangers, a thrilling new series from creator David E. Kelley. Coming soon to Hulu.
  • The Kardashian Jenners will create new global content under a multi-year deal, to stream exclusively on Hulu in the U.S. and in multiple territories on Star internationally.
  • Plus, The Handmaid’s Tale is getting a fifth season, and season four returns in 2021.

SO MANY FX ANNOUNCEMENTS

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